School pupils Lilah Garton and Isaac Robinson, both aged 11, from Acre Heads Primary School, Hull, have inspired Reading Solutions UK to launch a new national initiative.
The Reading Plus Champions role recognises and rewards hardworking and exceptional pupils who have completed the online reading development programme, Reading Plus.
Lilah and Isaac are the first two pupils this academic year to have completed Reading Plus. As such, they have been awarded the Reading Plus Champion role to recognise their efforts. Each received a personalised kit which included a certificate, a £25 book voucher, a children’s book, a notebook, and stationery.
Alex Richardson, English lead and Year 5 teacher at Acre Heads, said: “As a school, we have found Reading Plus a valuable and engaging resource for pupils. The ability to see a range of data for each pupil, such as reading speed, comprehension, and the time spent on a text, allows teachers a real insight into our pupils’ reading habits.
“We are extremely proud of our two Reading Plus Champions. They inspire all the other pupils within the school, and we cannot wait for them to start their new position. Lilah and Isaac are thrilled about their new roles. Upon receiving their kits, they were ecstatic. They could not believe they received a £25 book token each – one has already been spent!”
Lee Carrick, Reading Development Consultant at Reading Solutions UK, said: “Finishing the Reading Plus programme is an incredible achievement. Lilah was the first child to finish the programme in the UK, and her impressive feat is the inspiration that drove the development of the Reading Plus Champion role. Isaac completed the programme shortly after, and we were delighted both pupils proudly accepted their new roles.
“Alongside being a cause for celebration, the Reading Plus Champion role is also an opportunity for further progression. We don’t believe a child’s reading journey should have an end: therefore, this role offers an opportunity for these pupils to continue their reading development with us.”
While the role of Reading Plus Champion was initially designed for pupils who finished the programme, pupils may also be nominated if a teacher believes a pupil to be capable and would appreciate the extra challenge.